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Moore

February 3, 2010

Cleveland County family will receive 'extreme' new home

Lexington family will have a new home in one week

LEXINGTON -- This week of Brian and Audra Skaggs' life will be a whirlwind, even if they're not physically here to see most of it happen.

The Lexington couple and their two young children were chosen Monday as the recipients of a new home, courtesy of the ABC television show "Extreme Makeover Home Edition." Ideal Homes of Norman and a team of hundreds of local volunteers began physically building the couple's new home Monday.

The Skaggs have a daughter, Merit, who is 5, and a 3-year-old son Jhett. His story has been one of survival, as he struggled from birth with various physical problems before the couple found out he would need a heart transplant to survive.

Jhett got his new heart in November 2007 at 10 months old, and he has reacted well to it, his mother said.

But he still has setbacks. Aside from the daily medication he takes and the regular visits the family makes with him to a specialist in Houston for check-ups, Jhett also has a harder time with what might seem like less serious illnesses.

"Something where a normal kid might get over it in 24 to 48 hours takes him a lot longer," Audra said Monday afternoon.

And the financial toll for a family living modestly -- Brian, 38, works as a cattle rancher while Audra, 27, is a preschool teacher -- has been tough as well.

"If we have to do without some thing we do it, just to make sure he gets the best care possible," she said.

The Skaggses were nominated for the show by Brian's mother and several of her co-workers. The show did not announce their selection until Monday morning, although recruitment of volunteers began a couple of weeks ago with the announcement the show would be coming to the Oklahoma City area.

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  • City passes tax rebate for Target Chris Lundy, manager of public partnerships with the Target corporation addressed city council members Monday night to discuss building a store in Moore.

    The Moore Economic Development Authority voted unanimously for a sales tax rebate to Target.

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  • Larsen says goodbye to district Susie Pierce asked school board members to call an emergency meeting Wednesday to discuss insurance and restoration fees on the fire at Southmoore High School.

    She said about 20 auditorium seats were damaged by the fire and many others received smoke and water damage.

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    Susie Pierce asked school board members to call an emergency meeting Wednesday to discuss insurance and restoration fees on the fire at Southmoore High School.

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  • City passes tax rebate for Target Chris Lundy, manager of public partnerships with the Target corporation addressed city council members Monday night to discuss building a store in Moore.

    The Moore Economic Development Authority voted unanimously for a sales tax rebate to Target.

    February 10, 2010

  • Savage, Patrick and Walker named site teachers Fisher Elementary School site teacher of the year, Stephanie Savage, graduated from Yukon High School and Southwestern Oklahoma State University. She has been married for 19 years to Scott and the have three children, Blake, Paige and Allison.

    February 10, 2010

  • Larsen says goodbye to district Susie Pierce asked school board members to call an emergency meeting Wednesday to discuss insurance and restoration fees on the fire at Southmoore High School.

    She said about 20 auditorium seats were damaged by the fire and many others received smoke and water damage.

    February 10, 2010